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Upcoming Retreats

How to Train a Happy Mind

Scott Snibbe

August 8 - 11, 2024
About this retreat Based on his book How to Train a Happy Mind, this three-day retreat with Scott Snibbe offers a relaxed tour of eight meditations that help bring out your best qualities, deepen your relationships, and build a better world. Each of the retreat’s practices is derived from the Tibetan Buddhist lamrim “stages of the path,” a series of analytical meditations highly refined over the centuries. This lesser-known form of meditation complements the more popular mindfulness meditation by using stories, emotions, and critical thinking to actively steer the mind away from frustration, craving, and loneliness, and toward happiness, connection, and satisfaction. The retreat requires no…

Lamrim Weekend Only

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

August 23 - 25, 2024
About the Retreat This is the complimentary retreat to the full Lamrim and Yamantaka Commentary retreat with our kind and compassionate guru, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa. Use this page to register for the Friday to Sunday Lamrim only teachings.  No highest yoga tantra required. Rinpoche will begin with two days teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities. A concise and stirring outline of the Lam-Rim, the prayer covers the entire graduated path to enlightenment, short enough to recite every day, profound enough to study for a lifetime. If you are looking to register for the full retreat of Lamrim…

Lamrim and Solitary Hero Yamāntaka – Commentary and Retreat

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

August 23 - 31, 2024
About the Retreat   We are so fortunate that our kind and compassionate guru, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa, is returning to Vajrapani Institute to lead this precious and rare retreat.    The Solitary Hero Yamāntaka practice is an especially potent technique for transforming negative energy, such as anger or hatred, into a spiritual path. This method skillfully dismantles ego-driven selfishness, ignorance, and other afflictions, paving the way for the development of bodhicitta and the attainment of enlightenment.   Rinpoche will begin teaching two days on Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities. A concise and stirring…

Foundation Service Seminar (FSS)

Amy Cayton and François Lecointre

September 9 - 14, 2024
Facilitated by Amy Cayton and François Lecointre   The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS) is the “FPMT immersion retreat”. It will provide essential information and nourishment for those already offering service, and for anyone interested in offering service in the FPMT organization.   The FSS retreat explores how to effectively offer our skills and qualities in service. We will investigate the purpose and mission of the FPMT organization, what it means to be an FPMT center, project or service: and how that vision can translate into joyful action for individuals. Interactive, enriching, inspiring and supportive, the FSS addresses all aspects of service…

Experiential Vajrayogini Retreat

Elaine Jackson

October 24 - 27, 2024
Join us for an experiential Vajrayogini Retreat with FPMT Teacher Elaine Jackson at Vajrapani Institute.   Elaine has said, “How wonderful that we will meet again to explore our relationship with Vajrayogini. I will share my approach to the practice and happily discuss ways to enliven it, soliciting your experiences as well.”   “I have seen over many years of practice that there is an alchemy, a gradual change, that manifests when I embrace the practice from a felt sense and try to bring that sense into my everyday life. This comes, not solely from  the sadhana, but from embracing…

New Year’s Vajrasattva Practice Retreat – SAVE THE DATE

December 28, 2024 - January 1, 2025
Most of us operate from profound ignorance, a solid mis-knowing. This ignorance – that happiness and unhappiness come from somewhere “out there” – blocks us from seeing our clear light mind. The Vajrasattva practice purifies our mind from grasping so strongly onto the mistaken view. Utilizing time-tested visualization and meditation, deluded states – pain, sorrow, hatred, pride, jealousy, doubt – lose their power. Our mind is purified. We’ll explore why this powerful Vajrasattva practice actually works, and how we can use it in our daily life to grow our happiness.

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